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St. Swithins Cottage

Hinton Road

Hurst

Reading

Berkshire

RG10 0BP

Tel: +44 (0)7712 673376

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St. Swithins Cottage now brings to you Glamorous Camping or Glamping for Hen Party Weekends. It's Absolutely Fabulous and.....Ooh it's just so pink.
Up to 36 girls in 6 beautiful pink bell tents at only £100 each!



Wow pink glorious pink - glamping palaces - what fun! Night time inside the tents with blue LED wonderland lighting!
In 2012 we developed and sucessfuly launched our brand new concept for Hen Party groups which we termed:

"Absolutely Fabulous Glamping".

Held in St. Swithins' four acre paddock adjacent to the cottage it's specifically aimed at the Glamorous Camping for Hen Party Weekends marketplace and thus it's all going to be absolutely fabulous and very, very pink!

We can accommodate up to 36 ladies in 6 tents. Investing in only the best bell tents that money can buy they also are going to be pink of course! Inside the tents our aim is to give you both electricity and internet connectivity along with proper matresses, mirrors (of course), heating and many more treats to make it an absolutely fabulous event.

Emma Maley and her lovely chicks sitting on the fence so to speak! Emma Maley and her lovely chicks  all glammed up - OMG! Emma Maley and her lovely chicks sitting on that fence again so to speak!


Following in the strong and proven tradition of St. Swithins Cottage we are constantly in the process of developing a range of Exclusive Hen / GetAway Party House Properties.

Armed with the experience of what works best, from hosting hundreds of house parties at St. Swithins Cottage, each of our properties is chosen for its unique quirkiness in terms of the actual house; a great location with superb local & unusual amenities and, of course, both capable & amiable owners.

Please click on the map picture to the right to see if there is a property, marked by a Pink Hen, which fits your needs perfectly.


If you only watch one Glamping video this year - make sure it's this one!


Booking now for May to October 2013.


The NECCESSARIUM:

Fabulous pink toilets and showers. Oh wow! Fabulous pink toilets and showers. Oh wow! Fabulous pink toilets and showers. Oh wow! When you think of the fun of having a Hen Party Weekend where you go glamping and couple that with the facilities offered via our huge Deano's Art 'n' Sound Barn you really have the perfect opportunity to have an amazingly different Hen Party!

The showers are going to be pink and even the toilet units are going to be pink as well! I did say it's going very pink so all you will need to bring are your own pink GHD's!

Our spacious pink toilets and showers are contained with our very aptly named "Neccessarium". These units are all on mains drainage, all have hot & cold water capabilities and all have full internal lighting. The toilets even come with make-up removing wipes! Yet another example of our absolutely fabulous concept.

Oh darlings it's Barbara here and I just have to tell you this glamping is absolutely fabulous. It's all the rage within the Fashion and PR industry these days, you know. You simply must book this pink wonderland soon!
Click on the computerised models below to get a feel of our setup.

A view from inside the middle of the paddock with St. Swithins Cottage on your left. A view from the rear of the paddock with Hogmoor Lane behind you and St. Swithins Cottage is up beyond the barn to the right. An isometric from inside the paddock again but from the bottom end.




Our 1st ever Glamper's Review!


1st review.

Hen Party Background:

In addition to our glamping venture we have three Hen Party properties, all of similar ilk, in our portfolio including St. Swithins Cottage, Ashridge Farmhouse and more as we expand our offer.

All three properties are situated betwixt Windsor, Ascot & Henley-on-Thames. However our nearest towns are Wokingham and Twyford with Reading centre but 7 miles away. Also Heathrow T5 is accessible in under 30 mins as is London Paddington.

We are fast becoming the most successful accommodation providers to the "Sophisticated Hen Party" market.

Please just take a couple of minutes to view what people are saying about us in TripAdvisor.

We have endeavoured to think of all your needs and as such we have teamed up with Loddon Cars who are preferred Taxi supplier and must be used for all our Glamping Guests.

Location:

One day in June 2013. Our Absolutely Fabulous Glamping site is located 150 yards down the rustic track immediately facing the black entrance door of The Green Man PH on Hinton Road in Hurst and has the same postcode of RG10 0BP as the cottage.

Pricing:

Firstly, in the case of a Hen Party, you can reserve two or more of our, aptly named, Hen Coops via a simple non-refundable deposit of £50.00 with the balance owing payable on the day of arrival in cash.

Our glamping programme is priced at £50.00 per head per night based on both a minimum of 2 nights and a party size of 10 or financial equivalent thereof.

Please note that our two night rate of £100.00 per head is also our minimum price per head even if you only come for one night.

As can be seen from item 11. in our Questions & Answers below we have identified that we can easily accommodate 6 full sized single mattresses into each tent but definitely no more.

So if your party size is up to 12 then we can manage you in two tents. The moment you go to a party size of 13 or more you need a third tent!

Hey now you are worried about the cost implication - but don't!

For our Absolutely Fabulous Glamping project we have an Absolutely Fabulous Pricing Policy! As previously mentioned your party of 12 can be accommodated in the two tents. So when your party size goes to 13 we give you a third tent but it is all still based on our, simple, two night rate of £100.00 per head. So you have two tents for 4 people and one tent for 5. So on and so forth for increased numbers. Our only restriction is a minimum of 4 per tent.

Hey just to put that in some sort of perspective have a quick look at one of our closest competitors polestars whose pricing is, and to quote, as follows:

Two days (one night) for just £180 per person (minimum 10 people)

Wow isn't that so absolutely fabulous of them one whole night for £180.00 as opposed to two nights for £100.00 from us? The phrase BOGOF sort of springs to mind!

Additionally we charge a one off fee of £50.00 per group per weekend for use of and access to the barn as can be seen from item 3. in our Questions & Answers belowd.

Finally day guests are charged, as per our properties, at £25.00 per head.

Arrival & Departure Times:

Please don't worry about the times stated in my T's & C's page as that doesn't refer to you! No - that is for my midweek B&B customers only.

Gosh no girls! You are much better than that and as L'Oreal would say "Because you're worth it" we have developed your weekend around total flexibility.

We like you to arrive mid to early afternoon on the Friday usually somewhere around 14:00 ; but that can be tailored to fit in with your requirements and can be as early as 13:00.

On Sunday all we ask is that you leave the site by midday.

Facilities within the Barn:

The barn, priced at £50.00 per group, is a pre-requisite of any booking.

We have 2 head height fridges, 2 freezers, 2 microwaves, 2 kettles, 2 toasters, a cooker and even a dishwasher all for your use!

We also have four sets of sofas, loads of fold up camping chairs, 8 six lady picnic benches and even an electronic massage chair!

We leave it down to each group to provide their own crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils.

Noise & BBQs:

Well ladies you are in the country here but we do have neighbours too....

Keep the Cluckin' Noise down after 11!
So as the signs on the "Fire Pits" say please....

Keep the Cluckin' Noise down after 10pm!

Thank you - as that will help many more ladies enjoy this area in the future.

Our main fire pit in front of the barn. Our second fire pit tucked away in a beautiful spot on the way to the vineyard, the gorgeous wee Falabela horses and The Elephant & Castle PH. Our "Fire Pits" are where you can have your BBQ and for more details on the concept of BBQs please see below in our Questions & Answers: section under item number 13. Do you allow or are there facilities for camp fires and BBQs?

In order to comply with local Borough Council rules and regulations we operate, a totally refundable, good behaviour deposit of £10.00 per lady (minimum £100 per group) on your arrival. This will be collected and held by our Security Officer who will return it to you on leaving as long as you fully cooperate with his reasonable requests over noise.

Hen Party Activities:

Gypsy fortune telling caravan Hey just because you are Glamping as opposed to staying in one of the fabulous properties doesn't mean to say that you can't use the same services also.

Gypsy fortune telling caravan You might want to assign the duties of Gypsy Fortune Teller to one of your more theatrically oriented girlfriends who has to dress up in style complete with tarot cards and crystal ball. She then can make use of our gorgeous little gypsy caravan to conjure up weird and wonderful predictions of each and every guest.

Not in the slightest if you want to avail yourself of the services of our international cocktail man of mystery Darren "The Dazzler" or maybe have an afternoon of pure pampering from the fabulous Monica & Shelby you can, easily, in the adjacent Deano's Art 'n' Sound Barn.

So much is possible when you utilise the massive space afforded to you in Deano's Art 'n' Sound Barn and as time progresses the area to the right entitled Recommended by Dean: will grow and grow and grow with everything from street dancing to belly dancing and many more activities besides.

Local Amenities:

We have three fabulous little local shops, Butcher, Baker & Convenience Store, which are just a few hundred yards away and should be able to provide you with, virtually, all your requirements from savoury bites to sweet pastries; cigarettes & booze to magazines & newspapers; chocolate & crisps to tins of soup & tins of beans and sausages & burgers to joints of beef & poultry. Something for everyone!

Hey and if you fancy a nice breakie to soak up last night's alcohol - well just around the corner an excellent "All Day Breakfast" is provided for by our Village Bakery. They offer Tea or coffee, sausage, bacon, egg, beans and toast at a very affordable £7.00. If you are a large party please phone up in advance on 01189 341941 (ideally well in advance but at least by 15:00 the day before) to make a booking and please note that a deposit may be required.

Videos:

Below are some videos of St. Swithins Cottage, Deano's Art 'n' Sound Barn, and St. Swithins Paddock where the glamping takes place.

Please note that Dean is neither a professional camera man, actor or gifted theatrical orator but we hope these videos will help you picture where St. Swithins Cottage is and the Glamping site setup.

Please also note that in the videos the location of both the toilets and the showers is described at one end of Deano's Art 'n' Sound Barn which has now been revised to the opposite end of Deano's Art 'n' Sound Barn!

Finally please bear in mind that some of these were shot on a cold, damp, wet and blustery day in mid January 2012!

Unlike usual convention I will add the latest videos detailing progress to the end of the group below. So please, please, please keep looking back to see how things are coming on as this is just going to be such a blast!



Questions & Answers:

Below are some questions from interested parties in pink and our answers.

1. Will there will mirrors inside the tents so that we can see ourselves when we get ready?
There will be four plastic safety mirrors in each tent with rounded corners measuring 20cm square.

2. How many plug sockets will there be in each tent?

Each pitch has its own Hen Coop sign and "bird box" like power supply on a post outside each tent which houses a fully tested and safe waterproof dual socket within. From this we run a six way extension cable into the tent.

3. What happens if it rains? Is there any sort of communal dry indoor area that we would be welcome to use?

A view of the inside of the barn showing plenty of space. As you can see above in the computer generated models you will be adjacent to our huge Deano's Art 'n' Sound Barn which can overcome the rain scenario whilst enjoying the artwork. We charge a one off fee of £50.00 per group per weekend for use of and access to this facility.

The barn is a daytime resource which is intended to be used just in that manner - somewhere you can store your food & drink and a facility to cook via the cooker or microwaves in the event of foul weather or to hold your activitiy again in the event of foul weather.

It is not in any way intended to be used as a "discotheque", glorified night club or similar as the only sound device allowed to be used in it is our own docking station for either Apple or Android devices. This is a restriction enforced on us by our local Council in connection with noise abatement.

You must also please bear in mind that it is in the barn that we store all aspects of the glamping site from actual tents to mattresses to the coir carpets which fit in the tents to the fire pits to the logs for the fire pits to the picnic benches etc. We need this storage to build the site on a Friday and disasemble it on a Sunday which allows us to comply with Planning Legislation and provide you, our customer, with the cleanest and best service we can. Finally we use a room within the barn as the work office for our security staff who are there to assist with our guests' needs and uppermost their safety.

So if you wish to have a disco / karaoke type of evening we would suggest getting in contact with The Elephant & Castle which is just a short walk, around 800 yards as the crow flies, over the field and is more importantly a free venue! If you look immediately below this paragraph you will see just how lovely a Glamping walk it is! Here both Wayne & Pennie (01189 340886 or 07900 604658) will look after your every need as they are far better set up to cater for music and or similar.

Looking forward to The Elephant & Castle which is to the right of the white house. A view from the middle of the field. Looking back towards the Glamping site which is at the end off to the right.


Usage of the barn is not exclusive to your group unless you occupy 5 Hen Coops or more on our glamping site. However it is a massive space and so two groups can easily coexist. Maybe even a chance to make new friends.

Exclusive use of the barn as a venue between 19:00 and 24:00, on either Friday or Saturday night, may be available with the right amount of notice. Regardless of whether you have exclusive use or not between 19:00 and 24:00 the barn is charged out at an additional £20.00 per hour for your activity, whatever that may be.

Please bear in mind that any exclusivity is only available if you are the sole Hen Party onsite or till the other Hen Party group return from their night time activity. Our onsite Security Officer will help arrange this with you but it is, obviously, available on a first come first served basis.

On confirmation of your deposit you should write back detailing what you want to do, when you want to do it and for how long which will enable it to be reserved exclusively for you, if available.

Inside Deano's Art 'n' Sound Barn you will have access to the bar area and additionally you can make use of a fridge, a freezer, a microwave, a cooker, a toaster and a kettle as this is absolutely fabulous glamping after all!

And do forget to look at all the absolutely fabulous artwork that festoons this most intriguing edifice!!!

4. How many showers will there be?

There are currently two showers but, of course, they are pink.

5. How many toilets will there be?

There are currently three toilets and they too, of course, are pink.

6. How far from the tents will the toilets be located?

The tents will be virtually adjacent to them as can be seen from the 3D computerised models above.

7. Will the toilets be lit at night?

There are lights in both the toilets and the showers which are on an "always on" setting. Additionally and again as can be seen from the 3D computerised models above both the toilets and the showers will have fencing around them and there will be a safety lights on that fencing as well.

8. Will we need to bring our own bedding (eg. sleeping bags, pillows)

All the mattresses, mattress protectors, pillows, pillow protectors, pillow cases, duvets and duvet covers. You will be required to bring your own towels.

The toilets will be fully stocked with hand dispensing soap, toilet rolls, make-up wipes, hand towels and bins. All you have to do is supply your own shampoo, etc for the showers.

9. What sort of lighting will there be inside the tents for when it gets dark?

Each tent comes with its own pink torch and lantern. Other than that you will have power for any lighting you chose to bring.

10. We are thinking of holding the hen do on a Saturday and a Sunday. Might it therefore be possible to camp the first night and use St. Swithins Cottage on the following night?

There is a minimum stay of two nights (or financial equivalent thereof) for the glamping and it is only available from Friday to Sunday.

11. How many people can each tent accommodate?

We can fit 6 full sized single mattresses into each tent.

So if your party size is up to 12 then we can manage you in two tents. The moment you go to a party size of 13 or more you need a third tent!

Hey now you are worried about the cost implication - but don't!

For our Absolutely Fabulous Glamping project we have an Absolutely Fabulous Pricing Policy! As previously mentioned your party of 12 can be accommodated in the two tents. So when your party size goes to 13 we give you a third tent but it is all still based on our, simple, two night rate of £100.00 per head. So you have two tents for 4 people and one tent for 5. So on and so forth for increased numbers. Our only restriction is a minimum of 4 per tent.

12. What flooring is inside the tent?

First of all the fully waterproof groundsheet is a grey zipped 540g PVC mesh. The reason it is zipped is so that in full sun you can roll up the sides and lounge about enjoying the breezy shade beneath.

On top of that fully waterproof layer we then add The ultimate luxury flooring for your bell tent!

Each tent comes with two half moon coir matts, specifically made in India to our suppliers own design, enabling the full coverage of your floor area. They are durable, versatile and good looking whilst at the same time creating a great layer of insulation between you and the floor of your tent. The outer curved edges are bound with dark brown binding and the straight edges are stitched.

Yet another reason why we call it Absolutely Fabulous Glamping!

13. Do you allow or are there facilities for camp fires and BBQs?

God yes! My whole concept is to try and create a "Ging gang goolie goolie goolie goolie whatcha,. Ging gang goo, Ging gang goo," natural, rustic feeling where everyone can relax, eat, drink and warm themselves round a lovely roaring camp fire!

We have two large separate communal "Fire Pit" areas full of wood chippings which are surrounded by seating from massive logs to picnic benches on which your entire party can sit, eat & drink and simply enjoy the heat from the roaring fire.

These so called "Fire Pit" areas are not actually pits at all. Instead they are raised 1.5 meter square wooden boxes full of sand. Onto these boxes we place our actual fire chalice which does have a grill for BBQ purposes but from our experience it is far better, for your group, if you bring additional disposable BBQ units the likes of which you can obtain from any of the chain supermarkets and place these alongside the chalice on the safe sand filled box.

We do have BBQ implements, lots of dustbins around the site, logs for the chalices, fire blankets on each box and a special lighter to light the logs when in the chalices.

Yet again I cannot see this being anything other than Absolutely Fabulous!

14. You mention in your various videos about the barn having a bar and comfy chairs and a pizza oven. Will this be ready by June 2012? It sounds great!

The bar is already there and is absolutely fabulous. It's where you will see one of our graffiti artists pieces of work entitled "Deano's Art 'n' Sound". Hence where the name for the barn comes from and throughout it you will see various pieces of artwork from numerous artists who have worked or are working from there.

The pizza oven is in situ and we also have a pizza chef on board and outside pub picnic tables. We offer a pizza cooking course whereby you can learn how to make a pizza and then eat it for dinner inside or outside the barn - weather dependent.

There will be an extra charge for using the pizza oven to cover both the teaching and catering element but it will be reasonable and will be dependent on numbers.

So just watch this space for more information on our "Absolutely Fabulous Glamping" project.



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